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Ormonde Coal Colliery (United Kingdom)

At Loscoe near Heanor.
Opened in 1908 and closed in 1970.

Ormonde Colliery
This was started by Butterley Co in 1908. Two shafts were sunk through the old loscoe Colliery workings in the Deep Soft and Hard seams to reach the Kilburn seams, but this also gave the colliery access to great reserves in the Piper, Low, Blackshale and Mickley seams. in 1922, £33,000 was spent on a Rheolaveaur Coal washing plant to process 4" coal efficiently. Coal was hand cut, loaded and trammed unti the 1930s when the first coal cutting machines arrived, the first conveyor was fitted in 1938 in the kilburn seam.
the Kilburn seam was becoming exhausted in the late 30's so in the early 40's the silkstone Seam was developed and a false bottom was added in No1 shaft for winding purposes according to a local report.
The mine transferred to government ownership (nationalisation) on the 1st Jan 1947 becoming part of NCB area No 5 managed from Eastwood Hall HQ. This area gained a reputation as being one of the most efficient and achieved 2 Tons per man per shift in output. In 1963 it was estimated Ormonde had 12 years of reserves but this was optimistic. The other mine in the area closed before 1966 leaving Ormande as last man standing but reliant on continued pumping of now closed collieries such as Woodside to protect its workings.
The mine was transferred into Derbyshire Area 4 based around Huthwaite in 1966 but during 1967 after a major NCB re-organisation came under North Derbyshire Area managed from Bolsover.
Reserves were now fast running out and drives were made into the Blackshale seams below Shipley and Langley but these were uneconomic and discontinued. As a last ditch effort drifts were made up into the Roof Soft coal which was worked below Loscoe Grange and surrounding other areas. It was all to no avail and the colliery closed on the 25th September 1970.
An unusual experiment took place by the NCB when a coal face in the Piper seam was to be worked using Switchgear in the roadways and automated equipment. This was ROLF... Remotely Operated Longwall Face. It was never a success and did not achieve much but the NCB gained invaluable experience on automation in mining.

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Ormonde Coal Colliery belongs to the Derbyshire region.

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